Wellesley Sound Barrier Slated for 2017

MassDOT officials have confirmed that our section of the massive ten year long Federally funded Add-a-Lane project which includes the long awaited sound barrier along Wellesley’s Interstate 95 South from Rosemary Brook, past Barton Road, Minuteman Lane, Harris Avenue, and Duxbury Road to just North of Route 9 is scheduled for construction in 2017.




Update: Needham-Wellesley I-95 Add-A-Lane

Project Area

The work on I-95 begins approximately 1,000 feet north of the Needham Branch RR Bridge in Needham and continues to 5,000 feet north of Route 9 in Wellesley, approximately 3.8 miles.

Project Overview

This project is the sixth and final contract to provide an additional travel lane and shoulder toward the median on I-95 from approximately Route 24 in Randolph to Route 9 in Wellesley. This widening includes restoring the breakdown lanes for their intended use. This sixth contract is a 3.8-mile segment of I-95 from just north of the Needham Branch railroad bridge in Needham to about 5,000 feet north of Route 9 in Wellesley.



Work under this project includes:

  • Additional travel lane and shoulder to I-95 northbound and southbound toward the median along the entire length of the project.
  • A new interchange at Kendrick Street and two collector-distributor roads connecting Kendrick Street and Highland Avenue.
  • Seven new noise barriers.
  • Upgrades to the interchanges at Highland Avenue and Route 9 to improve safety and mobility to reduce traffic diversions to local roads.
  • Two additional auxiliary lanes between Highland Avenue and Route 9.
  • Four new bridges: Kendrick Street over I-95, a new flyover ramp at the Kendrick Street interchange, Highland Avenue over Route 128, and I-95 over Route 9.
  • Widening of the bridge carrying Central Avenue over I-95.

Needham-Wellesley I-95 Add-A-Lane

The Type II sound barrier project for Wellesley from route 16 to route 9 will be constructed as part of the Needham-Wellesley I-95 Add-A-Lane project.  (MassDOT project details)

Project Area

The work on I-95 begins approximately 1,000 feet north of the Needham Branch RR Bridge in Needham and continues to 5,000 feet north of Route 9 in Wellesley, approximately 3.8 miles.

Project Overview

This project is the sixth and final contract associated with the overall effort to provide an additional travel lane and shoulder toward the median on I-95 from approximately the Route 24 interchange in Randolph to the Route 9 interchange in Wellesley. This additional roadway widening includes restoring the proper functional use of the breakdown lane in each direction.

The work to be done under this Contract consists of adding an additional travel lane and shoulder to I-95 (Route 128) northbound and southbound toward the median along the entire length of the project. A new interchange will be constructed at Kendrick Street, along with new collector-distributor roadways between Kendrick Street and Highland Avenue. The existing interchanges at Highland Avenue and Route 9 will be modified to improve safety and mobility. The introduction of the new collector distributor roads as well as the improved interchange design will improve safety and significantly reduce the diversion of traffic to parallel local roads.

Four new bridges will be constructed as part of this project; Kendrick Street over I-95, Ramp K -1 over K-2 at the Kendrick Street Interchange, Highland Avenue over I-95 and I-95 over Route 9. The bridge work also includes widening the bridge carrying I-95 over Central Avenue and the demolition of the MBTA Railroad Bridge over I-95. There are also a total of 18 new retaining walls and seven separate noise barrier segments that will be constructed as part of this project.

Project Status

On July 22, 2014, MassDOT opened bids for this contract and a total of five (5) bids were received. Barletta Heavy Division, Inc. was the lowest responsible and eligible bidder with a bid price of $137,590,000.00. A contract has been executed with Barletta and they received Notice to Proceed in November 2014. Construction will begin in early 2015 and is expected to be completed in Spring 2019. The contract includes an interim milestone that requires a portion of the new Kendrick Street Interchange to be open to traffic in the Fall 2016.

Getting Involved

Please sign up for e-mail updates on the project. Send questions and comments to: NWi95@dot.state.ma.us

For additional information, please contact:
Joseph Graham
MassDOT Resident Engineer
Tel: 781-400-2375
Trish Foley
MassDOT Legislative Liaison for Norfolk & Bristol Counties
Tel: 857-368-8907

Public Notice by MassDOT

Public Notice

Massachusetts Department of Transportation

I-95 Wellesley

Type II Noise Barrier Project

A Public Meeting to Discuss Noise Barriers in Wellesley Along I-95 Southbound

Will Be Held On

Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at 6:30PM

at the

Wellesley Town Hall

Selectman’s Meeting Room

525 Washington Street

Wellesley, MA

MassDOT will be presenting information on a Type II noise barrier proposed adjacent to I-95 in Wellesley. The barrier would be adjacent tot the southbound lanes of I-95 near the Duxbury Road and Barton Road neighborhoods. MassDOT representatives will be at this meeting to answer questions regarding the noise barrier. A second Public Meeting for this noise barrier location will follow as the design progresses.

Alice Peisch – Notice of Meeting September 28, 2010

I am writing to those of you who have contacted me in the past regarding the need for a noise barrier on the Wellesley side of Rt. 128(95). As you may be aware, the Department of Transportation has had this project in the “design” phase since last year. I have scheduled a meeting for the evening of September 28 in Wellesley with representatives of the state transportation department to discuss the current status of the project and the projected timeline for construction and completion.

I will be sending a letter to all residents of the neighborhoods that abut the area with detailed information on the exact time and place of the meeting, but wanted to let you know as soon as possible because of your interest in the project. If you will not be able to attend this meeting, please let me know ASAP as I may be able to reschedule for a time that better accommodates your schedule.

Alice Peisch

Residents: Sound Barriers Coming Too Slowly

TheBostonChannel.comlink to actual article

Neighbors Say Noise Is Worse Than Ever, State Says Funds Are Limited

They’re going up on the Mass Pike and Route 128: sound barrier walls built to deflect some of the roar of traffic in neighborhoods behind them, but the walls can take years to build, and in some communities it’s creating a struggle between the haves and the have nots.

Sona Petrossian remembers when the noise in her Newton neighborhood became unbearable.

“The noise got worse, the pollution got worse and conditions got worse,” said Petrossian.

Petrossian and a group of neighbors worked for 20 years to get the state to build sound barriers between route 128 and their Newton neighborhood. The project is almost finished.

“People are starting to open their windows and sit on their decks. We haven’t sat in our back yard for 15 years,” said Petrossian.

The Newton location where Sona lives is eighth on a state list that ranks the noise level on different sections of highway. When the state has money available, it builds the barriers according to ranking. There are 70 areas on the list.

[Read more…]

Barrier grief

By John Dyer – Boston Globe West
Boston Globe – link to actual article

Residents near the Mass. Pike and Rte. 128 may clamor for sound-deflecting walls, but their wait can be years long

The story of a single sound barrier illustrates the plight of residents who live alongside Route 128 (as the stretch of I-95 is also known) and the Massachusetts Turnpike, two of the state’s busiest and loudest highways.

Without enough money to quickly provide barriers for every neighborhood where residents complain of noise pollution, the state has a slow-moving, and at times frustrating, process for delivering them. “There’s probably a hundred people who want noise barriers or more,’’ said Frank Tramontozzi, chief engineer for the state Department of Transportation.

As a resident of the Newton neighborhood that will be shielded by the new wall, Sona Petrossian offered Bardorf some advice: While it’s worth the wait, don’t hold your breath.

Petrossian, who lives on East Quinobequin Road, said she and her neighbors started lobbying politicians and state highway officials for a barrier around 20 years ago. Finally, work began this spring on the 3,300-foot-long wall, with a price tag of $6 million. The job is slated to be completed in the fall, officials said.

Petrossian is already enjoying the hush created by the partially completed wall. “We used to have interference watching a Red Sox game because of highway noise,’’ she said. “Now we can open the door on a lovely breezy night and listen play by play.

“I wish the Wellesley folks a lot of positive vibes. It’s part politics. It’s part money. I would say, just stay positive. Be organized. Be prepared for a long journey.’’

Most people who have asked for relief will need to wait years before sound barriers come to their neighborhood, said Tramontozzi. [Read more…]

Barriers for Wellesley side of Route 128 in design stage

By Teddy Applebaum/ Wellesley Townsman staff
GateHouse News Service - Link to actual article

Wellesley — Abutters to the Wellesley side of Route 128 may get a sound barrier after years of enduring the constant roar of the highway,  although some say they’ll believe it when they see it.

“It’s actually being designed, it’s going to happen,” said state Rep. Alice Peisch, D-Wellesley. “Once they complete the design, which they anticipate should be this year, they will then start the process of getting funding for it.”

But Adam Hurtubise, Spokesman for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, said the DOT doesn’t expect the design phase for the barrier—to run from River Ridge, to Duxbury Road—will be completed until sometime in 2012, at which point there is no telling when the project will receive funding. .

“Construction funding has not yet been identified for this barrier,” he wrote in an email.. “At this time, the bulk of our funding is targeted toward projects that increase highway safety…However, MassDOT recognizes that highway traffic noise is a quality-of- life issue for many people who live near highways.” [Read more…]

Sound Barrier Will Only Help Newton, Not Wellesley

By Elana Zak/Townsman staff
GateHouse News Service – Link to actual article
Wellesley — During the summer, watching television at the Duxbury Road home of Catherine and Paul Tosti can be an earsplitting experience.

The couple doesn’t have central air conditioning, so in order to stay cool, they keep their windows and doors open. Their house’s close proximity to Route 128 — it is roughly two car lengths away from the major highway — forces them to blare the television in order to hear the show they are watching over the sounds of brakes squealing and cars honking.

“In order to be able to enjoy the TV, you either have to have it blaring or the doors shut,” Catherine Tosti said. “There’s not only noise there [on Route 128] but you have to make noise in the house.”

The longtime Wellesley residents were very excited when they heard about the Waban sound barrier, which will run between Washington Street and the Charles River in Newton and go into Wellesley between the Charles River and Rosemary Brook. They were quickly disheartened, however, after learning the sound barrier will not affect their street. It will help only Newton residents, according to State Rep. Alice Peisch, D-Wellesley. [Read more…]